Take Part In 247 Vital Cycle Charity Bike Ride To Raise Funds For Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

24th September 2021
Helene Poursain

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) is inviting cyclists of all ages across the South East to sign up for its inaugural 247 Vital Cycle fundraiser and cycle 247 miles throughout the month of October to raise vital funds for the 24/7 life-saving charity.

Cyclists can take part on a static bike at home, indoors at the gym, outdoors in the fresh air or by combining indoor and outdoor cycling. They can complete their 247 mile challenge however they choose – whether cycling smaller amounts daily or endurance rides over a few days.

KSS delivers world-class pre-hospital emergency medical care 24/7 to the 4.8 million people who live in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. It was the first 24/7 Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the country. It costs £15M annually to operate this life-saving service, with 88% raised through public donations and fundraising. The charity hopes that, through sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues, 247 Vital Cycle will raise £20,000.

Helene Poursain, Director of Fundraising and Events at KSS, said: “KSS relies on the generosity of its fundraisers in order to be able to deliver its vital service to save lives. We would love to welcome participants to the KSS Vital Cycle Team for this special charity cycling event. Every mile completed on a bike and every pound donated to KSS will help to make sure we’re there for the sickest and most critically injured patients across our regions in their hour of need whatever time of the day or night.”

KSS’s CEO, David Welch, will take part in the charity’s 247 Vital Cycle and commented  “Cycling 247 miles throughout the month of October is a great challenge and I plan to complete my 247 miles within 14 days which means I need to cycle just over 18 miles a day.  I’m definitely up for the challenge as I love to cycle and I’m also going to switch between indoor and outdoor bikes to make it even more interesting. It is a significant undertaking for KSS to have to raise £15M every year to remain operational 24/7 and I am very keen to play my part as a fundraiser. I am also delighted to support our fantastic fundraising team who continually come up with new ideas to inspire much welcome support from the local communities we serve.”

For further information and to register (FREE) and get a free water bottle, please visit: https://www.aakss.org.uk/get-involved/events/our-events/247-vital-cycle/

Alternatively, please join KSS’s Facebook Community or set up a Facebook Fundraiser.

How will your fundraising help?

  • £5 could buy a pressure infuser, which is used when a critically ill or injured patient requires a rapid administration of fluids of blood products because of low blood pressure or bleeding.
  • £17 could buy one set of tubing for KSS’s ventilator, helping patients to breathe when they have been anaesthetised.
  • £60 could buy a set of fire retardant undergarments for a crew member to wear.
  • £120 could buy enough aircraft fuel for one life-saving mission.
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